Though he was aided by a fortuitous flick off the trees at the 17th, where he’d taken a 7 on Thursday, the Swede is sharing the lead after signing for a 67 that included five birdies in the last seven holes.
After an opening 66, the Englishman was still going along very nicely indeed as he mixed two birdies with 15 pars to sit close to the top of the leaderboard only to take the gloss off his day with a closing double-bogey 7 after a wayward tee shot.
One of the players in the last group to finish, the Englishman signed off with two birdies, which added to earlier gains at the second, fourth, sixth, 11th and 12th to card a 66 that leaves him sitting just one shot off the lead.
The 2020 winner is in the mix again heading into the weekend after adding a 69 to his opening 68. His second-day effort was illuminated by an eagle-3 at the fourth while his card also contained five birdies mixed with four bogeys.
The young Dane was staring an early exit in the face after a disappointing first-day 76, but he showed exactly why he was handed a pick by bouncing back with an impressive 67, covering the first 14 holes in six under before dropping a solitary shot at the par-4 16th.
Though he’s not been firing on all cylinders, the Norwegian comfortably made it through to the weekend as he followed his opening 69 with a 70, which was blemish-free through 12 holes before dropping shots at both the 13th and 16th
The defending champion carded two eagles - at the fourth and 12th - but his day’s work also included four bogeys, the last of which came at the par-5 17th at a time when players were starting to become frustrated as they faced lengthy waits on tees.
After his frustrating finish on Thursday, when he put his second shot in the water and signed off with a 6, the Scot produced a polished performance that contained four birdies in a 69
, though admitted afterwards that he’s not comfortable with the tee shots at holes like the 15th and 17th on this course.
For the second day running, it was a struggle for the world No 2, illustrated by finding himself miles into the trees at the par-5 12th but, with his back against the wall, he picked up two shots over the closing stretch to sign for a 71.
The world No 3 could have been heading home early after starting with a double-bogey 6 then dropping another shot at the third to sit on two over before showing his class by recovering superbly to card a 67.
The Englishman started his day with ten straight pars before mixing three birdies with two bogeys thereafter. His birdie at the last for a 71 looked set to see the new Wentworth resident scrape through to the weekend.
Also in that last group to finish, the Austrian showed why he’s been picked for Rome by producing 66 that included an eagle and five birdies, including one at the last as he putted out with a giant scoreboard providing some much-needed light.